Ocean power: Still DOA

Federal regulators canceled three ocean power project permits in California because the permit holder, located in Sonoma County, couldn’t come up with the money to carry out the projects.

PHOTOS: Solaria and 110KW Demo Solar Array

Solaria corralled political dignitaries such as California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to show off a new headquarters and adjacent demonstration array of its solar panels in Fremont Friday. The occasion marks a milestone for a company that took a while to engineer a product that could attract customers.

Gavin Newsom: Still Dreamin’ of SF Wave Energy

San Francisco’s outgoing mayor Gavin Newsom has long backed clean power, for the city but there’s one energy initiative that has remained outside his grasp: using the power of the ocean to generate electricity. Can he make it happen from state office?

Where’s Our TV Guide for the Web?

There’s a lot of free video on the Internet these days, and you don’t need to go spelunking on BitTorrent to find it. But it’s not always obvious where to get high-quality versions of TV shows and movies. Between Hulu, Amazon, Netflix and many, many more sites, it would be nice if someone would come along and lay out our options in clear fashion.
This week, I talked to a couple newly launched and relaunched video discovery sites, so today, on the sad occasion of John Hughes’ death, I put a few of these sites to work to find where I could watch his generation-defining films online.
locatetvFirst up, a fellow from PayTV software provider NDS came by our office to show off a new web project. LocateTV, which just relaunched a couple weeks ago, is a free online interface that analyzes TV listings, online DVD stores and legal web stream databases so that users can track when their favorite shows, movies, actors and the like will be appearing in a format accessible to them.
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Team Apart Launches: 100 Beta Invites for WWD Readers

logo_darkTeam Apart, a free collaboration tool that enables real-time video conferencing, whiteboarding and file-sharing, launches into closed beta today, and we have some beta invites available. The first 100 WebWorkerDaily readers to click this link will be given access.
Team Apart focuses on making online meetings and collaboration easier. It lets you create a shared workspace with group video chat (up to four people at once) and real-time collaboration tools such as whiteboards, notes and file-sharing. Because the workspace is persistent, you can use it to store your project notes, whiteboards and files for later reference, or for collaboration during those times when your team can’t meet together at once. Read More about Team Apart Launches: 100 Beta Invites for WWD Readers

San Francisco to Get Its Own Cleantech Incubator

Just a few weeks after San Francisco’s hopes of being a biotech hub were slightly dashed by Pfizer’s decision to pull out of its Mission Bay development, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced big news today in the city’s push to be the nation’s cleantech hub: The city’s Hunters Point shipyard neighborhood will soon be the home of a green technology incubator.
UNGC Shipyard
Plans have been in the works to create some sort of green job-training and cleantech center at Hunters Point for years now, but, as was the case with the Mission Bay development, city staffers were looking for an anchor tenant, and now they’ve found it: the U.N. Global Compact. A relatively new division of the U.N., the Global Compact is dedicated to sharing best practices in sustainability and encouraging the private sector to adopt those practices.
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Would You Be “Lost” Without Your Mac on Vacation?

As you head out the door, you have your tickets, you set the alarm. What did you forget? Unless you’re boarding Oceanic Flight 815, you probably have little to really worry about, but there are a few things that will ease your anxiety and ensure that your trip is as stress-free as possible.

Sometimes you just can’t go back in time

Time Machine makes backups automatic, but your Time Machine drive is probably right next to the computer. You might have a problem with a magnetic disturbance, or you might simply face more mundane issues like floods or electrical storms while you are gone. Before you leave town, make a manual backup of your critical data and take your backup offsite. I keep mine in the glove compartment of my car parked at the airport (password-protected, of course).

If traveling with a laptop, don’t bring your primary Time Machine drive with you. It defeats the purpose of having your computer and backup in the same place; just ask Ed Baig from US Airways Flight 1549 — or some of the passengers of Oceanic Air…They always face disaster. Read More about Would You Be “Lost” Without Your Mac on Vacation?

Today in Cleantech

Happy Friday! This morning, it seems a little slow out there so far, but San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom just Tweeted about signing some legislation that will triple the city’s solar generation. There’s likely to be quite a bit of recap on yesterday’s smart grid meetings, as well (I know Earth2Tech has something in the works). Otherwise, I’m here thinking about microgrids for the weekly update. Drop me a line @celrae if you have thoughts!

Cities Throw Down the Gauntlet for Electric Car Charging

Evidently teamwork was just a little too blah for the mayors of San Francisco and Portland, Ore. While last month the governors of California, Oregon and Washington said they wanted to build a “B.C. to Baja green highway,” with alternative fuel and charging stations along the West Coast’s I-5 transit corridor, today San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Portland Mayor Sam Adams doubled down to compete for “EV supremacy,” as Newsom put it this morning in a guest post on Gas 2.0. (He’s an avid “blogger” writing for us about wave power not too long ago.) Close on their heels is Seattle, which just announced a new charging infrastructure development plan and possible new incentives for plug-in cars this week.

The cities are racing to develop charging infrastructure to support the large-scale rollout of electric vehicles. Adams said earlier this month at a press conference that while Newsom is “trying hard” to make the Bay Area the EV capital of the world, “that’s gonna be Portland.”

Maybe not. If Adams and Newsom are serious about this race (the rivalry appears wholly goodnatured, but they do want to win), they’d better watch out for Seattle, which has just joined the growing ranks of municipalities and utilities working with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to develop charging infrastructure and deploy a pilot run of Nissan’s (s NSANY) electric cars next year. Game on.

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